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New Yachting World Round Antigua Race, April 28, 2012

March 13, 2012

As everybody knows, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is held from Thursday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Following on from the Classic Yacht Regatta, on Saturday, April 28 an amazing new event will be held – the Yachting World Round Antigua Race. Previously a part of Antigua Sailing Week, the race has been re-introduced as an optional race open to all yachts.

115ft charter yacht Sojana Photo by Chris Odom

115ft charter yacht Sojana - Photo by Chris Odom

Classes will include maxi, racing, cruising, multihull, bareboat and classics among others, so yachts of all types are expected to participate including many classics as well as those that will go on to participate in Antigua Sailing Week.

Yachting World is once again proud to sponsor the Round Antigua Race and will award the beautiful and much-coveted Yachting World Trophy to the elapsed time winner. The record is currently held by the overall winner of Antigua Sailing Week 2011, the Farr-designed 115ft charter yacht Sojana, which completed the race in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds in 2009.

The prize giving for the Yachting World Round Antigua Race will take place at the Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party in historic Nelson´s Dockyard at 7 pm on Saturday, April 28.

As the first Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was held 25 years ago when it was decided that classic yachts were more suited to different courses than those raced in Antigua Sailing Week, it is fitting that for the 25th annual event, classic yachts will be back on the water with yachts that will participate in Antigua Sailing Week.

The Tambour Regatta America’s Cup watch developed by Louis Vuitton

March 12, 2012

Every sailor is aware of the fact that the most important are those five minutes before the start, which decide about success or failure in a yacht race. Split-second timing is critical, never more so than now with the high speed that the new breed of America’s Cup catamaran yachts kick off the start line. If a sailor starts a moment too late, he is sucking gas from his speedier rival. If he starts too soon, and he is in the penalty zone – also condemned to playing catch-up.

The Tambour Regatta America’s Cup watch - Credit: Louis Vuitton

The Tambour Regatta America’s Cup watch - Credit: Louis Vuitton

The Tambour Regatta America’s Cup watch developed by Louis Vuitton is designed with the importance of the pre-start in mind. The watch reproduces the five-minute countdown thanks to a specially created movement.

Yves Carcelle, Chief Executive of Louis Vuitton, commented: “With the new regulations, time has never been of such importance in this event and we are pleased to be part of it. We have developed a special series of limited edition chronographs with two Tambour Regatta America’s Cup watches, one automatic and one quartz. This collection celebrates the prestige of the competition.”

With the silhouette of the America’s Cup trophy engraved on the bracelet, the dial and the back, the watches look beautiful, and they are practical too. Hamdi Chatti, Louis Vuitton’s Vice President Watches and Jewellery, was tasked with designing and producing the watches in just a year. Normally the process takes twice that long. He is proud of the aesthetics and performance of the watches.

“Having the countdown to the start procedure in a mechanical watch is very challenging,” he said. “This is the first time it has been done in the watch industry. The base case is coated with a specific rubber with a specific treatment that makes it unscratchable, which we felt was important for a sports watch.”

Richard Worth, the CEO of the America’s Cup, said he was delighted to be working again with Louis Vuitton. “I am glad that we can once again rely on the support of Louis Vuitton, our long-standing partner of unequalled loyalty, and official timekeeper of this event. Louis Vuitton is also, and especially, the ‘guardian’ of the spirit and tradition of the America’s Cup.”

The First 2012 Event of the America´s Cup World Series in Naples: Match racing, fleet racing and speed trials

March 12, 2012

The first 2012 event of the America’s Cup World Series is held in Naples, Italy next month, with the yacht regatta format officially presented last week.

The First 2012 Event of the America´s Cup World Series to take place in Naples Credit 2012 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

The First 2012 Event of the America´s Cup World Series to take place in Naples - Credit: 2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

The program is an exciting mix of race formats, ensuring the sailors are tested across their full skill range. Match racing, fleet racing and speed trials against the clock will push the best sailors in the world as they match wits against each other in the challenging AC45 wing-sailed catamaran yacht.

“We’ve made a few tweaks to the format since the AC World Series events last year,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We’ve consulted with the teams and been able to take the lessons learned from those first three events and apply them going forward. I think we have a strong program now; each race in the Championship events is meaningful for the title races, but every team will now be racing each day, which is also important.”

The opening weekend is an opportunity for the teams to hone their skills ahead of the Championship racing later in the week. The program in Naples begins on Saturday, April 7, with a full afternoon of match racing. The pairings are determined from the finishing order in the previous AC World Series Fleet Race Championship. Then, on the first Sunday, the teams sail three, 15-minute fleet races.

Following two lay days, the Championship part of the regatta begins on Wednesday April 11, with seeding races for Saturday’s Match Racing Championship. Between Wednesday and Saturday, the teams will compete in 11 fleet races, including one 40-minute contest, to determine the top four finishers, who will advance to the Match Racing semi finals and finals (first to win two points).

The ultimate day of the event, Sunday April 15, opens with the AC500 Speed Trial, where each team takes two timed runs down a 500-meter race track. (Speed Trials will also be held on Friday). The crew recording the best time is crowned the winner. Then, it’s immediately on to the winner-takes-all Fleet Race Championship, a single 40-minute fleet race to determine the champion. Here, there is simply no margin for error.

While Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE Racing Spithill shared most of the hardware from the first three events in 2011, they can expect more challenges in 2012. Not only are there established teams like Artemis Racing (SWE) knocking on the door, but new talent is joining the fleet in Naples. Luna Rossa Challenge will be racing in the AC World Series for the first time, and they’ll make their debut in front of a home crowd. The Italian team may be joining late, but will campaign two AC45 yachts in the remaining World Series events, as they prepare for the America’s Cup in 2013.

“It’s exciting to see a team with the stature of Luna Rossa Challenge join the AC World Series,” Murray said. “Already in the last event we saw the competitive level of the fleet growing, with the two French teams and Team Korea emerging to challenge the top guns. In Naples, with Luna Rossa competing in front of their home fans, the racing is only going to get closer, and harder.”

2012 Extreme Sailing Series: China makes new 3 year commitment – new dates for UK round in Cardiff

March 12, 2012

30th August to 2nd September are new dates for Act 5 of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series, a week later than previously announced. The UK round of the 8-venue global circuit will now coincide with the Cardiff Harbour Festival and whilst the Extreme 40 fleet exhibit their skills on the water over the three public days, spectators will also be able to participate at the Harbour Festival on shore. The city’s annual festival provides many different attractions comprising a continental market as well as street performers.

Act 5 venue Cardiff, UK Credit Nick Treharne

Act 5 venue Cardiff, UK Credit: Nick Treharne

Cardiff Council’s Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure Cllr, Nigel Howells commented: “Cardiff has proved time and time again that it can play host to a variety of world class sporting events from top class football and rugby to newer events like Extreme Sailing Series. Since the opening of Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) in 2010 more and more water sport based events are coming to Cardiff, which is helping to attract a new audience to Cardiff and Wales.”

From the Welsh capital to China’s city of sailing, Qingdao. At an official signing ceremony last week hosted by Ms Zang Aimin, Vice President of Qingdao Major International Sailing Events Organizing Committee & Executive Vice President of Olympic Sailing City Development Association, Qingdao signed a new host venue agreement for a further 3 years from 2012-2014.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China  Credit: Lloyd Images

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China Credit: Lloyd Images

Qingdao played host to Act 2 last year for the first time, declaring the event an outstanding media and spectator driven event. In 2012, China’s fourth largest manufacturing port and the sailing venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will again host Act 2 between the 17th to 20th April. “The 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao for the Double Star Cup was successfully held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, adding new momentum to the development and popularization of sailing in Qingdao,” said Ms Zang Aimin.

“Its success has greatly enhanced Qingdao’s reputation and influence as an international city. Approved by the Qingdao Municipal Government, we will sign a three-year agreement from 2012 to 2014 with Extreme Sailing Series. The event will be held every April in Qingdao. We sincerely look forward to the continuous cooperation with Extreme Sailing Series and a more wonderful Qingdao Act.”

Act 2, Qingdao - Official signing ceremony Credit Mr Mi Yang

Act 2, Qingdao - Official signing ceremony Credit: Mr Mi Yang

Happy fans find reward in entering the season’s first competitions. Winners Kelly Martin won an iPad2 and Nicolas Gastaud is the winner of a fab VIP guest sailing experience. More exciting competitions to come.

Extreme Sailing Series™ video podcasts are now being featured on the home page of iTunes Podcasts and app for the first time prompting 100s of downloads! The Extreme 40 video podcasts are featured alongside the latest from the world of entertainment, sport and culture.

‘World on Water’ weekly news programme includes a report from Act 1, Muscat. Available on 176 boating websites in 26 countries from Friday, 9th March 1000GMT.

2012 Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Event Announcement

March 12, 2012

The elite annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous will once again bring a fleet of luxury sailing yachts and motor yachts to Phuket 16 – 18 December 2012.  Superyachts from around the world, 100’ or greater in length, are invited to join the festivities taking place on and off the waters of the Andaman coast in Thailand.

Superyachts moored Phuket at the Asia Superyacht Rendevous 2011

Superyachts moored Phuket at the Asia Superyacht Rendevous 2011

The invitation only exclusive event is host to the largest gathering of both sail and motor Superyachts in Asia. Now celebrating its twelfth anniversary, Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards is returning as Principal Sponsor to an event well established as Asia’s most prestigious superyacht rendezvous and a firm fixture on the yachting calendars of owners around the world.

The Rendezvous has seen a steady growth of participating motor and sailing yachts and this year will be no exception. A diverse fleet of classic yachts and newer builds are expected to attend the 2012 Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, joining sailing yacht Yanneke Too, the first superyacht to sign on. An invitation is open to Superyacht captains and owners around the globe

Naples-based Sudcantieri Superyacht Marina Expansion in Preparations for America´s Cup 2013

March 09, 2012

At few miles to join Capri, Ischia, Procida, Ponza and Ventotene islands as well as the amazing Amalfitan coast, Sudcantieri superyacht marina, situated in a beautiful Italian yacht charter location – Naples, in the middle of Phlegrean Fields has recently expanded its berthing facilities to accommodate superyachts from 25m-60m in lenght, in preparation for the America´s Cup 2013, which will be hosted by Naples from April 7 to 15.

Sudcantieri Superyacht Marina

Sudcantieri Superyacht Marina

Sudcantieri is not only an exclusive privacy and quiet oasis, but also a work and fervent activity place; a safe location from where one can move and come back with his own yacht.

Sudcantieri is a private harbour close to the shipyard, located in the Pozzuoli harbour. In front of the quay exists a protection reef, there are floating wharfs starting from the quay and they have little columns with water and electric power. Sand and mud set up the soundings of dock and the depth is included between 2 or 8 mt.

Sudcantieri Superyacht Marina - view from above

Sudcantieri Superyacht Marina - view from above

The docking place can host 200 yachts 65 mt long and it is equipped with: petrol pump, cars and motorcycles parking, toilets with hot water showers supplied, hygienic services and dressing rooms, VHF radio assistance and wireless network connection.

A surveillance system is active for 24h and a hospitality desk service is provided to perform every customer request: taxi booking, car and scooter rent, laundry service and delivery on board, flower compositions, plane and train booking, hotel and restaurant booking, courier coordination for goods shipment.

Sucantieri Superyacht Marina situated in a beautiful Italian yacht charter location - Naples

Sucantieri Superyacht Marina situated in a beautiful Italian yacht charter location - Naples

Sudcantieri is an advantaged destination of yachts looking for relax and discrection during the tour between islands and the mainland. Protected by main trials, this location is a safe and sheltered mooring place during all seasons, especially in winter, for Italians and foreigners and it represents a starting point for interesting cruises in summer. The harbour personnel is selected with accuracy and gives assistance to shipowners and their guests, to the commander and his crew.

And not only. Sudcantieri is chosen by many shipowners for its ideal position, at 5 minutes from the international airport of Naples, that makes the boarding easy for the guests of Super Yacht and of the other charters units.

Sanya Serenity Superyacht Marina in China hosted Volvo Ocean Race Teams

March 08, 2012

After 14 days and 3051 nautical miles of cruising the ocean from the Maldives to Sanya, the Volvo Ocean Race teams have finally reached home base. An amazing performance for the sailors whose only thoughts were to arrive at Serenity Marina safe and sound bringing their yachts in one piece.

Sanya Serenity Superyacht Marina in China hosted Volvo Ocean Race Teams

Sanya Serenity Superyacht Marina in China hosted Volvo Ocean Race Teams

After partying with family and friends, enjoying  a relaxing moments with team members on-shore, it now time to meticulously repair and bring back to life their yachts.

Yacht builders, riggers, electrician, sail makers, sail designer as well as engineer are on scheduled 12 hours a day to check every little details that will make the yacht faster.

The calm waters of Serenity Marina are creating as well the perfect platform  for stepping the rig, which in fact was not easy in previous ports including Alicante and Abu Dhabi where marinas tended to be choppy.

Serenity Marina harbor is living up to every one expectations in every ways by being the perfect host for entire Volvo Ocean Race. Serenity Marina state-of-the art facilities have given an extensive assistance to shore and sailors teams.

34th America´s Cup: China Team to start training at Sanya Serenity Superyacht Marina in China

March 08, 2012

China Team, the exclusive Chinese challenger for the America’s Cup 34 Sailing yacht regatta, which is held in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, is pleased to announce that they will set up a training base in Sanya, at the Serenity Marina. Serenity Marina will welcome China Team’s yachts and sailing requirements for the upcoming training of China Team.

China Team on the sailing yacht AC45 Credit G. Martin-Raget

China Team on the sailing yacht AC45 Credit G. Martin-Raget

China Team is thrilled to have a home at Serenity Marina. Thierry Barot, CEO of China Team, says “Serenity Marina is the first world class marina in China and has all the requirements that China Team needs to be able to train both the international sailors as well as the Chinese sailors whom we are in the process of recruiting. China Team has already received the 2 Ventilo M2 boats that will be used to train the crew before the next America’s Cup World Series in Naples. Sanya is the ideal location for China Team training needs, with its tropical weather and idea sailing conditions all year round”.

Two Ventilo M2 catamaran yachts have been purchased by China Team and will be arriving at the Serenity Marina shortly to train all crew prior to racing. These boats have been modified to ensure that they fit within the America’s Cup requirements that they do not exceed the 10 meter length overall.

Mr Gerard Houa, Managing Director of Sanya Serenity Marina explains “Serenity Marina, with its world-class facilities, is the perfect marina to welcome and host China Team, the Chinese challenger for the America’s Cup.  Sanya is the yachting destination of China, and Serenity Marina is uniquely positioned to become the Marina for yachting in Sanya. Serenity Marina is completely equipped to handle all yachting needs, and with our 100-ton capacity travel lift, we will also be able to accommodate the larger training boats that China Team will be using for training the Chinese athletes”.

China Team’s international crew will be training in Sanya from March 14 to 29, 2012, before heading to Naples for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, to compete against the 9 other teams which represent the challengers and the defender of the America’s Cup.

Four new custom superyacht tender contracts for Hodgdon Yachts

March 08, 2012

Following two custom superyacht tenders for Oceanco motor yacht Seven Seas (ex hull Y706), Hodgdon is proud to present new contracts for a 10.5m custom limo tender and 10.5 m custom open tender signed with another Oceanco client.

Open Superyacht Tender Profile by Micheal Peters Yacht Design

Open Superyacht Tender Profile by Micheal Peters Yacht Design

The new build design and construction specifications for these superyacht tenders by Michael Peters Yacht Design, based in Sarasota, Florida, were developed by A.J. Anderson of Wright Maritime Group, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Hodgdon Limo Superyacht Tender by Michael Peters Yacht Design

Hodgdon Limo Superyacht Tender by Michael Peters Yacht Design

The first yacht tender will be shipped to The Netherlands in the fall of 2012 followed by the second one late in the year. The MPYD limo tender design was a Showboats Design Award finalist for 2011 and features a private jet level  interior, hydraulically operated lifting roof and a cruising speed for 12 guests of nearly 30 knots.

Hodgdon Limot Superyacht Tender by Andrew Winch Designs

Hodgdon Limo Superyacht Tender by Andrew Winch Designs

The second pair of yacht tenders are custom designs from the renowned London-based studio, Andrew Winch Designs as well as the Hodgdon´s in-house team for a project at a Northern European shipyard. At 8.5m this custom limo tender features a retractable full coverage moon roof, guest head and 30 knots cruising speed from the Volvo D-6/400 power. The open tender, features a beachable ramp to facilitate guest and beach toy deployment. Both yachts are slated for an early 2013 delivery.

Hodgdon Open Yacht Tender by Andrew Winch Designs

Hodgdon Open Yacht Tender by Andrew Winch Designs

Additional news for the 2012 is the launch of the 10th edition of the annual Shipyard Cup with more than 15 sailing superyachts from 20 to 50 metres, held in August 2012, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Among some of Hodgdon’s more notable contributions to yachting in the last few decades are: the 124´ sailing yacht ANTONISA, the 154´ charter yacht SCHEHERAZADE and the 80´ LIBERTY.

Pendennis Cup 2012 Entertainment Programme

March 08, 2012

The four days of competitive racing during the Pendennis Cup yacht race, taking place from 2nd – 7th July, 2012 will be complemented by a shore-side entertainments programme permitting Owners, Captains, Crew as well as the event sponsors to enjoy the delights of the fascinating port of Falmouth.

Pendennis Cup Awards Ceremony

Pendennis Cup Awards Ceremony

The full schedule is still being confirmed but events will be planned for each day/evening of the yacht regatta including:

Monday 2nd July: Yacht Registration

VIP reception (invite only) at the famous Rick Steins Seafood Bar and Restaurant

Tuesday 3rd July: Welcome BBQ at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (RCYC)

A welcome event, held at the RCYC is designed to allow all competitors, sponsors and regatta organisers to enjoy each other’s company in the relaxed environment of the Club House, which itself is steeped in classic yacht racing history.

Wednesday 4th July: Sea Shanty evening

An opportunity for all crews and guests to relax and enjoy traditional Cornish hospitality with a Sea Shanty evening hosted by Falmouth’s famous Chain Locker pub overlooking the harbour.

Thursday 5th July: Owner & Crew lay day events

With two days of racing already completed the lay day provides a welcome break to the Owners, guests and crews on board the competing yachts. The Owners’ Moet & Chandon lunch reception will be complemented by an evening of live music at the Princess Pavilions.

Friday 6th July: Crew Curry night

The return of the ‘all you can eat’ curry night for the crews, which proved particularly popular in 2010!

Saturday 7th July 2012 – Presentation evening at Pendennis Castle

A spectacular location for the final celebration of the yacht regatta. The awards ceremony will be held at the Castle overlooking the bay, complemented by a full evening of entertainment to finish the week in a truly unique setting.